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Alt, David: Burntside area, 1956.

 File — Box: 20, Folder: 1-3

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

This collection consists of field notebooks created by the personnel of the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) and its predecessor, the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey (MGNHS). The notes include basic data used to compile annual reports and bulletins on geological matters.

For a description of the extent of geological work performed during the eras of the MGNHS and MGS, consult George M. Schwartz, “History of the Minnesota Geological Survey,” which identifies the individual studies made by officers of the survey between 1872 and 1963.

The MGS was a major source of funding for faculty research, which focused on field petrology, mineralogy and economic geology and aligned to the individual professional interests and academic pursuits of the faculty of the Department of Geology.

Of special note are the field notes kept by Ulysses S. Grant, who did most of his work in Northern Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior. His notes are among the most complete and include a study of the gold mining along Rainy Lake (Box 1, folders 6-7; Box 2, folders 8-9). Others notebooks, while less detailed than Grant's, contain a great deal of information about Minnesota geology and natural history.

Some of the volumes are in poor condition and have broken bindings and loose pages.


  • 1956.

Language of Materials


Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.


5 Volumes